Back pain is the most common adverse effect associated with yoga, according to a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Yoga. “It's often a matter of trying to do too much too soon,” says Jan Johnson, LifePower Yoga department head at the Life Time Fitness club in St. Paul, Minn.
What is the most common injury in yoga?
“The most common injury across the board is lower-back injuries,” Fischer says. “The other common injuries are in the neck, wrists, knees and shoulders.”
How do you recover from yoga injuries?
Start Slow Don't jump full throttle back into classes after an injury. Instead, start slow and discuss the injury with your instructor before starting classes again. Try returning in 10 minute increments: Take the first 10 minutes of class, then add another 10 minutes once a month till you're back to a normal class.
Can you tear a muscle doing yoga?
An increasing number of Americans are turning to yoga for exercise and relaxation, as well as relief of bone, joint, and muscle-related pain. Although yoga does offer many health benefits, if it is practiced incorrectly, it may cause muscle strain, torn ligaments, or more serious injuries.
Should I stop doing yoga if my back hurts?
Talk to your doctor first about whether it's okay to begin a yoga program if you suffer from low back pain. Dr. Elson suggests staying away from yoga if you have certain back problems, such as a spinal fracture or a herniated (slipped) disc.
Is it OK to do yoga with a back injury?
Dr. Elson suggests avoiding yoga if you have certain back problems, such as a spinal fracture or a herniated (slipped) disc. Once you have the green light, you can protect your back by telling your yoga instructor beforehand about specific pain and limitations.